Israel doctors in China to help fight child abuse

23:35, December 27, 2010      

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A delegation of Israeli pediatric experts are visiting China this week, to train local colleagues in recognizing and treating child abuse and neglect.

The Jerusalem-based Haruv Institute group, which focuses on training professionals in the field in Israel, is meeting with 40 pediatricians from across China in Xi'an, according to a statement from the organization.

"The Chinese have recently realized that the role pediatricians ' play is a very integral one in fighting child abuse, and often they will be the first place a child will go after being hurt," according to Haruv Director Hillel Schmid.

"This innovative and pioneering seminar aims to train these pediatricians with the necessary skills and knowledge to detect when a child is in danger and, furthermore, have the resources and wherewithal to take the appropriate action," Schmid said.

Haruv officials say this is the first time China has made such a request for outside expertise.

"Our goal is to expand our reach and to deepen our collaboration with the professional community in China to share with them the knowledge and skills we obtained in Israel to fight this phenomenon," according to Schmid.

Some of the Chinese doctors will visit Israel in return for further training, the group said.

Source: Xinhua
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